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Local Impact: Proposed City Council Boundaries Released

The draft maps could spell a considerable shakeup in Northeast L.A. politics.

Highland Park residents who hoped the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission's draft maps would reveal a united neighborhood got what they wished for on Wednesday--sort of.

The commission's map, released on Wednesday after a series of closed door meetings, shows Highland Park to be mostly united in Councilman Ed Reyes' first district, except for a portion of the neighborhood east of North Figueroa Street, which remains in Councilman José Huizar's Council District 14.

You can view a comparison of the new and old districts via the L.A. Times here.

The neighborhood of Eagle Rock would remain intact stay in Council District 14.  Also remaining in Huizar's district would be the neighborhood of Garvanza, serving as a link between Eagle Rock in the north and key voting blocs in Boyle Heights and Downtown.

Garvanza is also represented by the , and is seen by many residents as an integral part of the greater Highland Park area.

The neighborhood of Glassell Park would also be unified under Council District 4--splitting from Eagle Rock.

Major Changes for Mount Washington

Should the new council district maps be approved, Mount Washington would shift almost entirely from Council District 14 to Council District 1--save for a portion from Division Street spanning east to El Paso Drive, which would be retained by CD 14.

Currently, Mount Washington is mostly encapsulated by Council District 14, with the southwestern portion represented by Council District 1.

The new maps could also be a political game changer for the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition, as the new boundaries would mean a move from council district 14 to 1.

It would also mean that Mount Washington residents will likely be paying closer attention to the upcoming race for Council District 1 in 2013, as a field of new candidates will vie for the seat to be vacated by Reyes.

The effort to reallign the city council's 15 districts is required to take place every ten years following the release of United States Census data, and must reflect changes in population.

Council districts must be contiguous and as close as possible in population.

The draft maps must make the tour of the city for public comments, before being voted on by the Los Angeles City Council.

Martha Benedict January 26, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Montecito Heights would be split between CD1 and CD14. The northeastern streets of Paige, Evadale and Elderbank change to CD14. Splitting a cohesive community like Montecito Heights makes no sense.
David January 26, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Who's in the race for CD1?
Jon McDuffie January 26, 2012 at 05:32 AM
David, currently 3 candidates have submitted Declarations of Intent to raise money for the CD1 race: Assemblymember Gil Cedillo Jose Gardea, Chief of Staff to CD1 Councilmember Ed Reyes William Morrison, Neighborhood Council Member (I think)
Stella Meridian January 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Separating Garvanza from the rest of Highland Park is ridiculous, especially since they share so much already. These maps are coming out of nowhere and don't reflect the realities of the city. If the LA City Council passes them...who am I kidding, of course they will!
David Fonseca (Editor) January 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Hi Jon, You are correct! Mr. Morrison sits on the Boyle Heights Nabe Council.
alisa January 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Seriously, did they even look at the NC maps? Which were debated on by the communities themselves. Correction: Glassell Park remains CD-13 and CD-1, no longer shared w/ CD-14.
Susan R January 27, 2012 at 08:03 AM
That is why Gil Cedillo has been involved in the clean up train noise and pollution in Taylor Yard. Probly why he is involved is because he is running for the seat in CD1. I never heard of the person running from Reyes office. No one in CD 1 ever listened or lifted a finger to do anything to help residents that live near Taylor Yard get peace and quiet from the train horns and stop the train pollution. Shame, shame, shame on Councilmember Ed Reyes and his staff.
KingSlav January 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
It will be unanimous -- like most of the council's votes.
KingSlav January 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Political gerrymandering for the benefit of the council. Nothing more, nothing less.
Hooper Humperdink January 28, 2012 at 03:09 AM
This type of thing always makes me sad. I feel like there is an honest debate in this somewhere, but that local real politik makes that debate impossible to have. Is it better to consolidate historic neighborhoods together, cluster ethnic groups into one council district? Should we try and match boundaries with other authorities and departments? Or is it better to make council races politically competitive, a split between different income levels and groups? We never really get an honest debate about these things, as it usually boils down to whose legacy are we going to setting up in the coming decade and which areas have the richest voters to support dominating the poorer areas of the district.

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